In rare cases, providers may be able to receive Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS) payments on behalf of a child. This occurs when a child is at risk, but their parent or carer is not eligible for Child Care Subsidy (CCS).
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What is a Provider Eligible Enrolment?
Important changes take effect from 1 July 2021 for child care services with Provider Eligible Enrolments. This short video explains what is happening.
ACCS (child wellbeing) gives the child’s family access to:
- a higher rate of subsidy, and
- more hours of subsidised care.
In rare cases, you might not be able to identify an eligible parent or carer to receive ACCS (child wellbeing) payments, despite making reasonable attempts.
In these cases, as the provider, you may be eligible to receive ACCS (child wellbeing) payments on behalf of the child.
To do this, you must enrol the child under a Provider Eligible ACCS (child wellbeing) enrolment type.
When should I use a Provider Eligible Enrolment?
This enrolment type can only be used in very limited circumstances.
For example, you may use the enrolment type when a child is ‘at risk’ for the purpose of ACCS (child wellbeing) but the family does not meet the residency requirements for Child Care Subsidy (CCS).
Most children who receive ACCS payments should be enrolled under a Complying Written Arrangement (CWA).
Changes from 1 July 2021
We are making changes to this enrolment type from 1 July 2021.
From 1 July 2021, this enrolment type will be identified as a Provider Eligible Arrangement (PEA) in the Child Care Subsidy System.
PEAs are only used where you cannot identify an eligible parent or carer.
Please make sure children receiving ACCS (child wellbeing) at your service are enrolled correctly.
From 1 July 2021, you will be able to enrol children in formal foster care arrangements under a PEA.
You will be able to receive ACCS (child wellbeing) payments under a PEA for a foster child for up to 13 weeks.
This means foster children will have access to ACCS (child wellbeing) while their foster carer is assessed for Child Care Subsidy for a maximum period of 13 weeks. This ensures children have continued access to care.
We expect you to work with foster families to identify an eligible individual and enter into a CWA before the 13-week PEA period ends.